SOURCE: Puppet Labs

September 11, 2015 12:00 ET

Gerri Elliott Joins Puppet Labs' Board of Directors

Whirlpool, Bed Bath & Beyond, Charlotte Russe Board Member Joins Puppet Labs During Period of Explosive Growth and Accelerated Demand

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Sep 11, 2015) - Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software, today announces that former Juniper Networks, Microsoft and IBM executive Gerri Elliott has been appointed to its board of directors. Gerri also serves on the boards of Whirlpool, Bed Bath & Beyond, Charlotte Russe and Imperva, a provider of cyber and data security products.

Most recently, Gerri served as the Chief Customer Officer for Juniper where she led all sales, marketing, services, support, channel and alliances teams for Juniper, and was responsible for driving Juniper's $6 billion in revenue. Prior to her work at Juniper, Gerri held several senior executive positions at Microsoft and was one of the most senior female executives in the company. As corporate vice president, worldwide public sector, Gerri lead more than 2,000 sales and marketing professionals in a group that served government, education and healthcare customers in more than 100 countries. Gerri grew this business from $4.7 billion to $8 billion over three years. Before Microsoft, Gerri spent nearly 22 years at IBM in key executive and management positions in strategy development, services and consulting, product management, field sales, and headquarters leadership.

"Gerri is a widely experienced board member and executive, capable of building great teams and helping to build great companies. I'm honored by the opportunity to work with her, and to learn from her," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs. "Her experience in the enterprise, and especially in working with CIOs and infrastructure leaders to significantly improve their operations, will be incredibly helpful to us."

Puppet Labs, the pioneer and recognized market leader in IT automation, is experiencing explosive growth as the need to ship software quickly and reliably becomes a requirement for all businesses. Puppet is now used by more than 27,000 companies around the world, including 65 percent of the Fortune 100. The company also recently released its annual State of DevOps Report, which shows that high-performing organizations employing IT automation have 60 percent fewer failures and recover 168 times faster than their lower performing peers.

"Puppet Labs is in the rare position of having its tremendous growth spearheaded by both an unprecedented business need and a vast user base that absolutely loves its product," said Elliott. "I look forward to working with Puppet Labs' talented board and management team to get the company to the next stage by using my experience to maximize an unbelievable opportunity to forever change the face of IT."

Gerri is the founder of Broadrooms, an online resource for executive women who serve or want to serve on corporate boards. She also serves on the advisory board for the Center for Executive Women Senior Leadership Program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

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Puppet Labs, Inc. is the leader in IT automation. Puppet Labs software provides system administrators the operational agility, efficiency and insight they need to proactively manage dynamic infrastructure, scaling from tens of servers to thousands, both on-premise and in the cloud. Thousands of the world's leading organizations use Puppet Labs software to configure and manage their IT infrastructure, including Bank of America, Cisco, NYSE, Salesforce.com and WebEx. Based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs employs nearly 400 people. The company is backed by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners. To learn more, please visit PuppetLabs.com.

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